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State of the Jemez Mountains…March 25, 2020

Vista Linda Campground and Spanish Queen Picnic Area Off HWY 4, Normally Open Year Round Are Now Closed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

Bottom line is that most everything is closed…most of the closures are seasonal and not COVID-19 related.

*All forest roads are closed. This is seasonal and normal for this time of year, normally opening around mid-April. We’ll see what happens this year.

*All forest service campgrounds are closed. Once again, this is normal for this time of year as normal opening is mid-May. Vista Linda Campground at MM 13 on Hwy 4 (normally open year-round) and Spanish Queen Picnic Area (normally open year-round) are both closed due to health concerns. 

*Fenton Lake State Park ( along with all NM State Parks) is closed to the public by order of the governor. Please, do not try to walk onto state park property for any reason, or to drop a line. You will be cited.

*Contrary to circulating rumors, the Santa Fe National Forest – Jemez Ranger District IS NOT CLOSED to the public. However,  access to the forest is limited to foot traffic as the forest roads are seasonally closed. San Antonio, McCauley, and Spence Hot Springs and other hiking trails are open to hikers.

* Even though many picnic areas and fishing access parking areas may be gated and closed, the rivers are open to fishing and actually doing quite well. Just park safely along the road or open parking areas and walk to the river.

* Because of the season and other factors, there is virtually no camping opportunities in the Jemez at this time.

This is a fluid situation and the conditions can change day to day. We will keep you apprised here at JemezCentral. com. Amanda’s Country Store is essential to the community and will remain open everyday from 8:30 am till 8:oo pm. Please…we encourage all to follow both local and federal guidelines to help ensure safety during this unprecedented time of crisis. The Governor of the great State of New Mexico has issued a ‘stay at home order’ and we encourage everyone to adhere to that ‘order’.


“Cool heads and warm hearts”



***Fenton Lake Closure Alert***Effective Monday, March 16th, Fenton Lake State Park is closed to the public indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns. The gates will be closed and locked and those that attempt to walk in will be cited. Please don’t risk it. This affects all NM State Parks.

This will pass. Right now…best to hunker down.


***Road Closure Alert…Effective January 29th, the NM Hwy Dept has closed Hwy 126 from the fish hatchery turn-off (MM28) for a distance of about eight miles because of difficult driving conditions. This closure is temporary until winter conditions improve. No through traffic. This does not effect access to Fenton Lake State Park and Seven Springs Fish Hatchery.


***Wood permits are no longer being issued for wood cutting in the Santa Fe National Forest. Wood gathering will resume in the spring, usually around mid-April.



***Important Forest Road Update*** 

 All forest roads within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, will be closed for the season beginning Thursday, January 2, 2020. These same roads that are closed to vehicular traffic will remain open to foot traffic, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and access will be available for snow machines. Forest roads will remain closed until mid-April.


 For up to date fire information … 


Rain Yesterday… 0

Year To Date… 1.87


Rain Total 2019…14.70

Rain Total 2018…15.81

Rain Total 2017…11.73″

Rain Total 2016…12.05″

Rain Total 2015… 20.90″


Snow Yesterday… 0

Season To Date… 62″


Snow Total 2018/19…110″

Snow Total 2017/18…35″

Snow Total 2016/17…96″  

Snow Total 2015/16…97″ 

 Snow Total 2014/15…85″

Snow Total 2013/14…26″


Snow Total 2011/12…96″

Snow Total 2010/11…98″

Rachel Larson Shows Off a New Sweatshirt From Amanda’s…New Designs and Colors In Stock Now

Yesterday’s High…50

This Morning’s Low… 26

Today… Breezy, Possible Shower




*****Winter Camping Opportunities*****  Forest Service roads (10, 314, 376, 144 and 378) are now closed for dispersed camping and other recreational activities for the season.(should reopen around mid-April) Vista Linda Campground usually open year-round is now closed due to COVID-19 concerns. All other Forest Service campgrounds within the SFNF-Jemez Ranger District remain closed for the season and are tentatively scheduled to reopen in May. Fenton Lake State Park is totally closed to the public due to COVID-19 concerns .  Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store is open 363 1/2 days a year….closing on Christmas Day and a half day on Thanksgiving. Our summer hours are 8:30 am to 8:00 pm every day. Amanda’s Country Store is essential to our community and will remain open during the COVID-19 crisis.


*****CURRENT FIRE DANGER***** LOW——————————– As of Monday, July 7, 2019  8:00 am  the fire danger within the Santa fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District, has been rated as LOW.  There are currently no fire restrictions.


*****CAMPGROUND RESERVATIONS***** You may reserve campground space at both Jemez Falls and San Antonio Campgrounds at the following webpage:   https:/  Forest Service Campgrounds have closed for the season.


*****WATER ALERT*****  If you are planning to camp the Jemez any time of the year, please fill up your water tanks in your campers and RVs prior to coming to the Jemez. There are limited opportunities here in the Jemez.


*****THE NEW LICENSE YEAR*****   will begin on April 1, 2020. Licenses will be available for purchase on Monday, March 23, but only be valid for the new license year on April 1, 2020. A new fishing license is required to fish in the State of New Mexico. License fees remain the same. $35 for an adult resident and $11 for a junior (age 12-17)  resident. Kids (11 and under) fish free as do adults over the age of 70. There is a senior license for those age 65-69 for $18. All fees above include the required habitat stamps. NMDGF is now offering discounted licenses for New Mexico resident veterans and active duty military. Licenses are available at Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store or you can purchase your license online at Amanda’s also stocks a full line of bait and tackle.  


*****ROAD CONDITIONS*****  State Hwy 126 is now closed to through traffic. There is eight miles of unpaved highway in the middle of 40 mile journey to Cuba to the west that can be difficult when wet. Use caution. 


*****CAMPGROUNDS***** Campgrounds are open as follows.

Vista Linda Campground…Closed as of March 20, 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

Redondo Campground… Closed  For Season

Jemez Falls Campground… Closed For Season

San Antonio Campground… Closed For Season

Paliza Campground.…Closed For Season

Fenton Lake State Park….the State Park is closed to all activities due to COVID-19 concerns effective Monday, March 16, 2020.

Spanish Queen Picnic Area….Closed Battleship Rock Picnic Area…Closed La Cueva Picnic Area….Closed Jemez Falls Picnic Area….Closed Spence Hot Spring Access and Parking Area….Open  Dark Canyon Fishing Access….Open, Rincon Fishing Access….Open, River’s Bend Fishing Access…Open, Las Casitas Fishing Access…Closed, The Bluffs Fishing Access…Open, San Diego Fishing Access…Open, La Junta Fishing Access…Closed. Fishing on the lower Jemez is good throughout the spring and early summer and can be accessed many places other than the Forest Service parking areas. Trails….Forest Service Trailhead Parking areas Las Conchas and East Fork Trail 137….Portions Closed. Trails are open for public use, including trails to Jemez Falls, McCauley Warm Spring, Spence Hot Spring and San Antonio Hot Spring.

  *****FIRE RESTRICTIONS***** There are  currently no fire restrictions within the Santa Fe National Forest, Jemez Ranger District. Fire danger is rated as LOW.

  *****AMANDA’S***** Amanda’s Jemez Mountain Country Store, located at the junction of Hwy 4 and 126 (the turnoff to Fenton Lake), is open from 8:30am till 8:00 pm everyday. (summer hours)